The Ministry of Home Affairs issues guidelines on Saturday (30th May, 2020), announcing phased re-opening of the lockdown outside the containment zones.
The guidelines explain unlocking of various public places in a phased manner.
The following activities are going to be allowed with effect from 8th June, 2020:
- Religious places or places of worship are going to be open to public.
- Hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services, are going to be opened.
- Shopping Malls will be unlocked.
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) will issue standard operation procedures for the above activities in consultation with the Central Ministries / Departments concerned and other stakeholders to ensure proper practice of social distancing and to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Schools, Colleges, Educational/Training/Coaching institutions etc. are going to be opened after consultations with States and UTs. State Government / UT Administration may hold consultations at institutional level with parents and other stakeholders. Based on the feedback, a decision on the re-opening of these institutions will be taken in July, 2020.
MoHFW will prepare SOP in this regard in consultation with the Central Ministries / Departments concerned and other stakeholders to ensure proper practice of social distancing and to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Based on the assessment of the situation, dates for restarting the following activities will be decided:
- International air travel of passengers, except as permitted by MHA.
- Metro Rail.
- Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.
- Social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions and other large congregations.
However, the National Directives for COVID-19 Management, shall continue to be followed throughout the country.
Night Curfew has been shortened and is now to be executed between 9 pm to 5 am. Essential Activities will be allowed. Local authorities are supposed to issue guidelines in this regard.
Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years should stay inside home. They may go out in case of Essential and Health purposes.
There will be no need of seperate permissions and approvals for inter-state movements of persons and goods. However, if a state or a UT wants to restrict such movements on the ground of public health and its assessment of the situation, it will give wide publicity in advance regarding the restrictions to be executed and the procedures to be followed.
The Ministry urged all the employers to ensure that all their employees install the Arogya Setu mobile application. In addition, MHA empowered the states and UTs to impose certain restrictions outside containment zones, if it stands to be necessary.